Golden Bears Receive 11 of 12 First Place Votes, Still Ranked No. 1 in New England Poll

Golden Bears Receive 11 of 12 First Place Votes, Still Ranked No. 1 in New England Poll

Week 5 Poll/Release

Western New England posted 20-7 victory at Endicott on Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 24, 2016) – For the fifth consecutive week, Western New England University is ranked No. 1 in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Weekly Poll, which was released this afternoon.

Western New England (7-0, 4-0 NEFC) scored 20 unanswered points and shut out Endicott College over the final 30 minutes of action in Saturday's 20-7 triumph over the Gulls. Sophomore Chris Quarles (Naugatuck, Conn.) led the defensive effort with a pair of second half interceptions, while junior defensive back Sam Olsson (Milford, Conn.) recorded a key blocked punt late in the first half and junior quarterback Anthony Service (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) accounted for two touchdowns.

The Golden Bears received 11 of the 12 first place votes, finishing first in the regional poll with 119 points. Salve Regina checked in at No. 2 with 107 points, while Trinity (94) rounded out the top-three, receiving the final first place tally.

Western New England will be back at Golden Bear Stadium on Saturday to host Maine Maritime in an NEFC contest at 1 p.m.

The New England Division III Football Poll is presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which also serves as the title sponsor of the weekly Gold Helmet Awards presented by the New England Football Writers Association throughout the season. 

A 12-member panel representing all four New England Division III playing conferences will serve as voters in this year's poll, and rankings will be released each Monday afternoon through November 14th.  Members of this year's voting panel are E.J. Mills (Amherst), JB Wells (Bowdoin), Jay Civetti (Tufts), Tom Kelley (Framingham State), Paul Castonia (Plymouth State), Pat Haverty (Fitchburg State), Skip Bandini (Curry), Chad Martinovich (MIT), Kevin Gilmartin (Salve Regina), Gabby Price (Husson), Tony Volpone (Castleton) and Mike Landers (Mount Ida).

For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.